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# 251152 11-Jun-2019 07:42
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I have a company supplied laptop which I have been using for the past 4-5 months. Yesterday morning; whilst I was at home, I wanted to post a reply on a topic, but message at bottom of page said "The Quick Reply box is disabled because your IP address is not allowed to post on Geekzone". I then checked my ip address on whatsmyip.com and it said my location is Manila and my ISP is McAfee Germany.

 

I'm not connecting via a VPN, just via wifi to our router in the house.

 

I have a family laptop as well and that is fine, although that has IPv6 enabled. That shows I'm connect with Vodafone in Auckland.

 

Is this something I should query with the IT dept at work, or should I try the Update My Location option on the whatsmyip.com website?


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  # 2255715 11-Jun-2019 08:00
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You've pretty much answered your own question in your post. You very clearly are using a VPN, probably McAfee Safe Connect.

 

 




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  # 2255716 11-Jun-2019 08:03
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I do have Cisco AnyConnect on the laptop, but i only use that when I want to connect to the company network. Current state shows it is disconnected


 
 
 
 


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  # 2255719 11-Jun-2019 08:13
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Or you could just ignore it


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  # 2255727 11-Jun-2019 08:37
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It will be McAfee doing transparent ssl decryption as part of company policy.

You'll also see that all HTTPS sites you go to have their TLS certificates issued by McAfee rather that by the origin host.

 

All browsing traffic is being proxied via McAfee, then McAfee access the site, decrypt it and make sure it doesn't contain malware and other bad traffic, then re-encrypt it using the SSL certificate they have installed on your corporate laptop.

 

Hopefully they aren't decrypting banking websites as that is super dodgy.

 

Netscope, ZScaler do exactly the same thing and offer it as a managed service to corporates.

My suggestion is if you have a problem with it use a non corporate device.






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  # 2255734 11-Jun-2019 09:13
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Or talk to your company IT. It might not be something they're aware its doing, thats even if they use McAfee - might have been installed as part of a bundle with something else. (Or is SafeConnect a subscription based option ?)

 

 

 

 





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  # 2255803 11-Jun-2019 10:02
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xpd:

 

Or talk to your company IT. It might not be something they're aware its doing, thats even if they use McAfee - might have been installed as part of a bundle with something else. (Or is SafeConnect a subscription based option ?)

 

 

Yeah, will chat with IT to see what they say. Yesterday was the first time I encountered this issue.




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  # 2259045 16-Jun-2019 10:34
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Just an update on this. I spoke with the IT department. From my description they said they are unsure why this would be happening, and asked me to take some screen grabs and submit a support ticket.

 

I took screen grabs on Wednesday morning, but got slammed with work that day so didn't have time to submit a ticket. I had Thursday off work and on Friday morning, my IP address was now showing my location as being in NZ.

 

It has been fine since then.

 

So a blip in the time space continuum and nothing to see here anymore.


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